BLÅVINGAD ocean toy collection brings children's perspectives ashore
An image of life under the sea ready to be coloured, a fishing game with a purpose, and a selection of bright, huggable ocean animal soft toys. These form part of BLÅVINGAD, a collection from IKEA that carries an important message: to care for the ocean. Magnus Thuvesson and Jorge Santoyo Henaine at IKEA share how an expert panel of children helped develop the collection – and how their concerns for the ocean were woven into its very fabric.
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A circular mattress, anyone? IKEA may have it for you
We spend about a third of our lives sleeping or trying to sleep. It's no wonder that finding the right mattress for your bed is a vital task. But most mattresses need to be discarded at some point. Where do they go? Primarily to landfills or gets incinerated, and that's pretty obvious. What's not apparent is that we waste foam produced from fossil fuels. IKEA wants to use the foam found in discarded mattresses and reduce waste. A pilot is currently going on doing precisely this, helping create a circular mattress.
A deep dive in the search for innovative start-ups
Can algae or seaweed help to reduce the climate footprint of materials used in the IKEA range? That's what the innovation team at IKEA wants to explore. Now, Raffaele and Linn are doing a deep dive into unknown waters, searching for start-ups that want to join hands with IKEA in an innovation accelerator programme.
Materials and sourcing
Replacing foam to create a more sustainable icon
If you prefer a particular chair in your house, you are not alone. Many of us have our go-to chair because the cushion gives just the right amount of comfort and relaxes us like nothing else does. But do you know that many commonly used cushions are made of foam, which is often not biodegradable? IKEA has for long been on the lookout to find alternates to reduce dependency on foam. Piotr Jakubiak tells us about the material he has discovered that can help us live (sit really) more sustainably.
Healthy and sustainable living
The IKEA road to decarbonising transports and logistics
Do you know your favourite IKEA armchair has travelled hundreds of miles before it reached the coveted corner in your living room? Typically, the armchair’s journey would have started from a supplier’s factory to reach a distribution centre. From here it would go to a store and then to your house. This journey has an impact on people and our planet because transport and logistics leave behind a carbon footprint. So, IKEA wants to do something about it. We sat down with Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld to know how IKEA is working on its 2030 goals to reduce carbon emissions from every transport by an average of 70 per cent for its land and ocean transportation.
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